Cinema: The Spring Collection from Paris

Buddies, ballrooms and counterfeit bills in four French films


Oh how we danced . . . through half a century of French history in one Paris ball room. The songs change along with the styles of dress and behavior. Only the faces remain the same. Twelve men and ten women dance to the music of their times: the Popular Front of 1936, the Occupation of 1940, the Liberation of '44, the G.I. invasion of '46, the first rock-'n'-roll siege in '56, the student uprising of May '68, all as refracted through the cracked prism...

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